August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft’s operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you protect as much of your personal life as possible, we’re here to help. Here’s how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.

Note: This story has been updated for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, a.k.a. version 1803. If you have an earlier release of Windows 10, some things may be different.

Turn off ad tracking

At the top of many people’s privacy concerns is what data is being gathered about them as they browse the web. That information creates a profile of a person’s interests that is used by a variety of companies to target ads. Windows 10 does this with the use of an advertising ID. The ID doesn’t just gather information about you when you browse the web, but also when you use Windows 10 apps.

You can turn that advertising ID off if you want. Launch the Windows 10 Settings app (by clicking on the Start button at the lower left corner of your screen and then clicking the Settings icon, which looks like a gear) and go to Privacy > General. There you’ll see a list of choices under the title “Change privacy options”; the first controls the advertising ID. Move the slider from On to Off. You’ll still get ads delivered to you, but they’ll be generic ones rather than targeted ones, and your interests won’t be tracked.

August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

So you’ve got Pie — Google’s Android 9 Pie software, that is (though if you’ve also got pastry, hey, kudos to you). Maybe you’ve read about some of Pie’s noteworthy features but can’t get them all working on your phone. Maybe they are working, and you’re just less than thrilled with what they do. Or maybe amidst all of Pie’s new layers, you can’t figure out where an old favorite feature went.

In the days since Pie’s arrival, I’ve heard it all — and it’s no surprise: Android 9 brings about some of the most significant changes we’ve seen to Android in years, and not all of its adjustments are immediately obvious or easy to follow. Whatever your issue, though, there’s almost certainly an answer.

Let’s see if we can get things figured out, shall we?

Problem #1: The Smart Text Selection in Pie’s new Overview isn’t working

Okay — one of two things is likely going on here. Time to troubleshoot: First, long-press on an open space in your home screen. Select “Home settings,” then “Suggestions.” Look specifically at the third toggle on the screen that appears: “Overview selection.” Is that turned off? If so, that’s probably your problem. Turn that toggle on and then see if things are working.

August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Apple is working to develop augmented reality (AR) glasses. It has been working on these for years and is now expected to introduce them as soon as 2020. What use will they be?

Apple: The next generation

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says these things will usher in “next-generation revolutionary UI,” likely referring to prevailing wisdom that says sophisticated virtual reality (VR) experiences will be controlled by a combination of speech, gesture, movement, and touch-based commands. Motion sensors will be activated by what you do with your arms, for example.

There are already some good examples that help illustrate how we might use these systems in the real world. Here are three:

Training and education

In his book, Rewiring Education, Apple’s long-time vice president of education, John Couch, states that he believes AR may become “one of the most transformative educational technologies to ever exist.”

August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

A former Tesla technician continues to cause headaches for CEO Elon Musk. “Are you ready?” Martin Tripp tweeted Wednesday before unleashing internal documents and photos he alleges show scrap piles, “bent” cooling tubes, and “reworked” M3 battery modules at Tesla’s battery factory in Nevada, backing his claims of dangerous practices,…

August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Ever wonder what you can do with an Apple Pencil — or why it is so useful to creators, professionals, and business users? Turns out, there are several features that help make Apple’s stylus so unique for iPad owners and different from anything else. Here’s a few of them, plus some tips and tricks.

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August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Apple is a company that’s well known for pushing the price envelope. It commands a price point and profit margin for the iPhone, iPad, iMac, and MacBooks that other companies could only dream of for their products. But Samsung has beaten Apple at its own game by unleashing on the world a $1,250 Galaxy Note 9 and kicked off a price war which, rather than resulting in lower prices, I see leading to a $2,000 iPhone.

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But would anyone spend that sort of money on an iPhone? I think enough people would if the specs were right.

Also: Apple products you should not buy (August 2018 edition)

Let’s take a look at the iPhone X pricing structure, and compare it against the Galaxy Note 9.

The 64GB iPhone X has a contract-free price tag of $999, rising to $1,249 for the 256GB variant.

Samsung’s pricing for the Note 9 is more aggressive in both directions. First off, the base 128GB model comes in at $999.99, giving buyers twice as much storage as the base model iPhone X offers, along with the microSD card expansion option.

On the other end of the spectrum is the 512GB model, with comes in at $1,249.99. So for $250 more, those opting for the higher Note 9 model will enjoy half a terabyte of storage, 8GB of RAM, and have the ability to bump that storage up to a whole terabyte if they throw in a 512GB microSD card (a 512GB microSD card retails for around $350, so they’re not cheap).

So the bottom line is that the Note 9 offers more for the same price as the higher-capacity iPhone X. More storage. More RAM. Most screen real-estate (6.4-inch 2960 x 1440 for the Note 9 compared to 5.8-inch 2436 x 1125 for the iPhone X). An “all-day battery.”

The Galaxy Note 9 is a flagship smartphone in every sense of the word.

Now, rumor has it that Apple is preparing to launch three new iPhones. One will be a budget version of the iPhone X with an edge-to-edge display and Face ID to replace the iPhone 8/8 Plus, an updated version of the iPhone X, and a super-sized iPhone with a display “close to 6.5 inches” that would sit atop the iPhone X in terms of spec.

And there are analysts who expect that super-sized iPhone X to have a starting price of $1,199. If we assume this to be a 64GB version, then a 256GB model would have a price tag of $1,450.

Also: The $1,000 Note 9 proves that iPhone and Android prices will get higher CNET

And if Apple were to copy Samsung and release a 512GB model for those who want a super-high-capacity iPhone, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if that came with the very robust price tag of $1,699.

Think that price tag is crazy? Well, a 12.6-inch cellular iPad Pro with 512GB of storage is $1,279.

And that doesn’t have an OLED display, doesn’t have Face ID, doesn’t have wireless charging, doesn’t have all the other camera bells-and-whistles, and isn’t an iPhone.

And remember, people are buying higher-specced/higher-priced iPhones. In fact, it’s higher-priced iPhones that are buoying revenues over the past quarters. During the last quarter this trend drove the iPhone’s Average Selling Price (ASP) to $724, comfortably beating the predicted ASP of $699.

When we end up with a $2,000 iPhone — and as growth stagnates in the mobile market, I believe we will see this in the next few years — we only have ourselves to blame.

Also: Samsung DeX 101: Turn a Galaxy phone into your primary computer

In less than a year we’ve normalized the $1,000 price barrier.

While I can’t see myself spending $2,000 on an iPhone, as people consolidate their tech down from desktop and laptops to smaller, more personal devices, I can see a growing market for a single device with the power to do everything, and a lifespan of a few years being appealing to enough people to make its R&D worthwhile.

A $2,000 iPhone is coming. I can feel it.

Would you spend $2,000 on an iPhone? Let me know!

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August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

Microsoft’s Intune, launched in 2011 and augmented with mobile management capabilities the following year, is part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite — a bundle that includes Azure Active Directory and Office 365. At the most basic level, Intune delivers enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities in a cloud-based format.

In many ways, Intune is similar to other EMM offerings from the likes of VMware’s AirWatch, MobileIron Cloud and IBM’s Maas360. Like other companies, Microsoft relies largely on the innate EMM and mobile device management (MDM) capabilities already part of the mobile operating systems it supports — primarily iOS and Android (though it can manage desktop platforms like Windows 10 and macOS; more about that later). These capabilities largely create an even playing field for EMM vendors because the same set of security and management options are available consistently.

Microsoft is unique compared to other EMM players in two major ways, however. The first is that Microsoft solutions, including Active Directory, make up the IT stack implemented by most enterprise organizations. The second is that Microsoft makes Office and Office 365, which almost every business relies on. As such, Intune has a deep connection into Office 365, particularly when it comes to licensing, and it lets Microsoft pursue equally deep integrations with Office apps.

Neither part of this unique position means Intune is the best value when it comes to device management, but they are factors to consider for companies weighing EMM options. Other vendors can offer similar full-stack EMM products that interrelate to other enterprise infrastructure components. So if you stick with a single vendor for several parts of your enterprise stack, it makes a degree of sense to select that vendor’s EMM solution; Microsoft just happens to be part of a lot of enterprise IT stacks, given it something of a home court advantage.

August 16, 2018 brianradio2016

The rise of Kubernetes has significantly simplified the deployment and operation of cloud-native applications. An important part of that experience is the ease of running a cloud-native distributed database like TiDB. TiDB is an open-source, MySQL-compatible “NewSQL” database that supports hybrid transactional and analytical processing (HTAP).

In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how to use the TiDB Operator, a new open-source project by PingCAP to leverage Kubernetes to deploy the entire TiDB Platform and all of its components. The TiDB Operator allows you to monitor a TiDB deployment in a Kubernetes cluster and provides a gateway to administrative duties.

At this point, it’s perhaps a forgone conclusion that Kubernetes is the de facto orchestration engine of cloud-native applications—“Linux of the cloud,” as executive director of the Linux Foundation Jim Zemlin put it. Kubernetes is not just a mature and useful technology, but it holds strategic value for the IT operations of many large companies. At least 54 percent of the Fortune 500 were hiring for Kubernetes skills in 2017.

Inspired by the concept and pattern popularized by CoreOS’s Operator Framework, we began building the TiDB Operator roughly a year ago. Back then, Kubernetes was much less stable or feature-rich, so we had to implement a lot of workarounds to make our Operator… well, operate. With Kubernetes’ dramatic growth in the last year, we refactored our old code to align it with the standard and style of present-day Kubernetes, before open-sourcing the TiDB Operator on GitHub.